Jan 20, 2015


A very unsettling and odd vanishing happened to Christopher Thompkins from Ellerslie, Georgia. He was last seen by work mates standing on the shoulder of the road facing the woods at 1.30pm on 25th January 2002. He literally vanished within seconds leaving the survey crew very perplexed. They walked back to where they had seen him only to find his boot hanging on the barbed wire fence along with blue fabric from his pants. On the ground beneath were coins that had fallen from his pocket. The woods on the other side of the fence were inhospitable and swampy.

David Paulides, former lawman turned investigator, tells us that during his time working with traffic accidents he has seen shoes left behind by people who were literally “hit so fast that they were knocked right out of them”. He says that logistically it looks like Christopher was reefed out of his boots and dragged through the fence in such a position that all the coins fell out of his pocket.

When gravity drags coins to the ground it means that the opening for the coins was either facing the ground or the container holding the coins was removed at a great speed - very similar to the magician who removes the tablecloth without disturbing the cutlery. This means that Chris was either upside down or sideways.

Six months later the rancher who owned the land found the other missing boot 900 yards away next to the swamp. Christopher Tompkins is still missing.


  1. As noted, David Paulides, a former San Jose, CA police officer and detective, has pursued a second career as an author writing about unexplained disappearances in American national parks and other North American venues. He has discussed this case in his radio appearances. One thing I discount here is foul play by his co-workers, possibly racially motivated. Nothing is impossible but these were skilled workers, surveyors, and these usually are people of higher caliber. For another thing, I doubt a black person would have been a novelty to them. Some or all of them may have been in the military or have been on a varsity team.

    The only thing I have heard that suggests possible stereotyped racial attitudes on the part of Tompkins's co-workers was that they expressed the belief that he may have walked off the job. Not that white men, young or old, don't do that sometimes.

    In a case like this, you have to consider the normal terrestrial explanations of foul play, animal predation or mental aberration on the part of the missing person. But Paulides has collected and documented hundreds of case of people who simply suddenly have disappeared while momentarily out of the sight of the people they are with. Paulides says the persons who disappear often are either the first or the last person in a line of people.

    His forensic interest is in proving that these events do in fact occur. But he refuses to take sides on the issue of what the reason might be. That has proven to be an intelligent choice on his part because the advocates of the various possible explanations both normal and paranormal often are extremely adamant in their views.

  2. I first heard about this case while paulides was on coast to coast .
    I’ve since read several articles concerning Tompkins disappearance it is fair to comment that paulides really hasn’t done much in the form of investigation into the Tompkins case really all he has done is duplicate the case summary found on the web site the charley project
    And for everyone that thinks crytip grabbed this guy and ran off with him you need to consider this
    The crew that he was working with that day looked for Tompkins they said for upwards of 3 hrs before they contacted anyone that he was missing
    That is ample time to hide a body then blow the warning signal that he can’t be found
    His boot hanging from a fence suggest that maybe there was a struggle with another crew memeber and at some point Tompkins went over the fence either in an attempt to get away or by force of another
    It may very well be that that Tompkins lost his boot while escaping an attack then ran into the swamp area and lost his other boot in the mud and the muck in that environment
    When a person is attacked by a wild animal
    There is evidence of that
    Blood tissue would be found at some point
    I think the real mystery here is what led to the altercation between Tompkins and the responsible party for his disappearance
    I have traveled to the area Tompkins went missing and I certainly aware of how remote and heavily forested the area is
    If was critically injured and hiding in the wilderness area of elerslie it wd be very difficult to find him once a search was initiated
    As for paulides I have read the missing 411 books and I tell you this
    They offer very little insight into what has happened to the missing above and beyond
    The official report found on other sites like the doe network and the charley project
    Go buy one of his books if you want to but before u read the case summary of anyone person in his books look that name up on the charley project
    You will find the source of mr paulides work on the case
    So if u want to call that good investigative work ok